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Fire and Life Safety Education

Educating the public is the most effective way to prevent the devastating effects of fires and other injuries.
To accomplish this goal, the Charlotte Fire Department delivers fire & life safety education for the residents, businesses, and visitors of Charlotte.  

The most effective way to prevent the tragedy of fire and other injuries is to educate the public on their causes and to introduce strategies in dealing with these emergencies.  The Charlotte Fire Department partners with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to provide the safety tools needed to prevent tragedies.  CFD offers multiple programs for Charlotte and Mecklenburg area schools. 

To request a fire education program click here.  or contact CFD Fire & Life Safety Education

Please allow 30 days notice for all requests. 

CFD Fire Education
441 Beaumont Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
 
For program and alarm requests:  click here
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Educator-based programs

Most community events are best served with a fire truck visit from one of our stations.  If you have a classroom-based event, consider inviting an educator to your program.  The following programs are conducted by NC Fire & Life Safety Educators and offered to classes.

Pre-K and Early Elementary Reading Program
This program consists of reading fire safety books to children, playing fire safety games/music, and displaying fire gear. Activities vary depending on group size and time constraints.  Approx. 60-45 minutes 
 
3rd Grade Fire and Life Safety Program
This program is a standardized lesson plan presented to 3rd grade classrooms.  Students are provided with the knowledge and materials to protect themselves and their families from a fire or burn injury.  Approx.  30-45 minutes. 

National Fire Prevention Week
CFD highlights fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week to promote fire safety in the community for the month of October.  CFD programs vary each year; however the Annual Fire Prevention Week Bulletin Board Contest for 3rd graders is the signature event for this week.  CFD joins with community partners to bring this program to our children.  The winners receive cash and in-kind products for their schools.  Registration to compete opens each August.  To request registration and obtain complete rules contact CFD Fire & Life Safety Education
 
Fire & Life Safety Bowl
The Charlotte Fire Department, Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office, Mecklenburg County Firemen’s Association and many others have proudly conducted the Fire & Life Safety Bowl since 1979.  The Bowl consist of public and private Charlotte/Mecklenburg schools that have formed teams (4th and 5th grades) using injury prevention study materials to compete against each other in a **game show** format.  The objective is to score as many points as possible by answering questions based on the study materials provided.  Thanks to sponsor support, students win prizes and awards.  Registration opens in November of each year. To request registration and obtain complete rules contact CFD Fire & Life Safety Education
 
Middle School Burn & Arson Prevention Program
This program is a standardized lesson plan presented to middle school classrooms.  Students are provided with the knowledge and materials to protect themselves and their families from a fire or burn injury, as well as arson prevention.  Approx. 30-45 minutes. 
 
Juvenile Firesetter Program
This program is a standardized, age-appropriate lesson plan presented to children 16 and under who have shown curiosity toward fire or who have started fires.  Students and their families are provided with the knowledge and materials to protect themselves from future fire incidents.  The program is a collaborative effort with area juvenile services and law enforcement organizations.  Approx. 90 minutes. 
 
Blaze
Whos that coming through the smoke and haze??  Its Blaze!
Created in 2004 as a local partner to Sparky, Blaze is the official mascot of the Charlotte Fire Department.  Blaze assists the CFD with fire safety awareness and is featured in his own video shown during programs.  Blaze attends fire safety programs, parades and even sporting events in order to teach young and old about how to stay safe. 
 
Extinguisher and Senior Citizen Programs are served by the Fire Prevention Bureau.  704-336-2101

 

Additional Community Resources

CFD Fire & Life Safety Education works with many partners to create a safer Charlotte.  Dedicated to reducing injuries and deaths, these non-profit organizations work closely with CFD Fire & Life Safety Education.

Charlotte Firefighters Burned Children Fund:  FFBCF supports burn patients, survivors, and their families as well as provides support for fire prevention programs. www.ffbcf.org

Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition:  Safe Kids provides childhood injury prevention resources to the Charlotte Mecklenburg community.  704-355-9236 or www.safekidscharmeck.org

Do The Right Thing, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and rewarding youth who, in the face of overwhelming odds, exhibit character and integrity. www.dotherightthing-char.org